What others think of Eternal Redemption:

The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman (my rating, 4/5 stars)

I have found few books of hard Sci-fi adhering to the consequences of traveling near light-speed. Collapsar jumps might take a few months at most in Haldeman's futuristic novel. Relativity kicks in, making Mandella suffer the consequences of seeing a changed Earth when he comes home after being drafted in the early 1980’s (he comes back hundreds of years after due to relativity). It’s a great read, up until the last 15% of the book where the book turns tangential in nature. It threw me off a bit, making the last few pages difficult to digest after a gripping read.

In the midst of the war against the Taurans, Earth is faced with a dystopian government, which adds the true punch to this time-traveling sci-fi novel. Earth is discombobulated, making living a civilian life on Earth completely unbearable. The best way to earn a decent living is by enlisting in the Army. If you leave the army, a taxation of 95% over your earnings is applied. The colonization of other planets, like Heaven, creates of this new dream-like place a true utopia. I guess we all end up dreaming of a place where we can start all over again, but with the vantage of technology.


An enjoyable and memorable read.



Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

There’s no time to think. No time to waste on thought provoking tasks or even question your own existence. Busy yourself with the media. Run the rat-race, there’s no time to stop: there’s only the never ending merry-go-round of life.

Firemen provoke fires, burning every and any book available. Why? Guy Montag is one of many firemen who are called to fulfill their duty, blindly burning books and the people who defend them. They are evil! Books are evil! Worse are writers of poets!

The Hound, an automated robot who seems to sense your “sins” of feeling and thinking, puts you down with a lethal dose of sedative if you happen to commit a thought-feeling-crime.

Everyone’s the same, every day is gray. To give your day color is to commit a crime. You’re not allowed to express you uniqueness, but rather become part of a populous tamed by constant, intrusive distraction.

Guy Montag is thrown out of the merry-go-round by seventeen year old Clarisse. With a few well placed questions his world slowly crumbles as the veil of lies falls. As truth springs out like Jack in the box, Guy is left to wonder about his gray-scaled world and how it operates under a spell weaved by a government thriving from a tamed crowd.

It all explodes when Montag keeps a book rather than burning it. Reading a few lines creates a colorful collage of thoughts that will completely disable the veil of lies. Truth is now clear, visible. With nothing  left to do but fight to defend his forsaken humanity from a totalitarian regime, Montag risks his life for a righteous cause.

A stunning dystopian world created in a short novel; a cautionary tale that has left a valuable foot-print.



Brabury’s tale is inspired by at least three events in history:

The burning of the Library of Alexandria,
The Nazi book burning,
Joseph Stalin’s “Great Purge” where poets, writers, artsits, etc., were arrested and executed.


In all of the above-mentioned historical events, powermongers seek control through censure and destruction.

Ender's Game: The Premises behind this bestseller!

The three premises that make this book a masterpiece (aside from being excellently executed):

1.To wage war detached from death:

The problem of waging war detached from death is not measuring the damage you perpetuate. Destruction without consequence is already in our midsts, where war is waged in a room, thousands are killed who appear as a number rather than human beings with a personal identity. In this book, Ender destroyed a whole species feeling reprimands from his superiors rather than the self-induced consciousness telling you something is nor right.

2. It matters how you win:

Winning without limits to the means you'd use creates a big blind spot on the morality behind the methods in question. Of course, if argued that it's either them or us, I guess you'd do about anything to defeat the enemy, even if it means genocide.

3. Your end-result as a human being is not important for the military. Once you accomplish a given task, you're expendable (Disposable Heroes, quoting Metallica!):

Trained to become a war hammer, Ender is faced with the immorality of having been used for an ulterior motive without his consent. Having had the choice, it is clear he would've taken another course to affront the Formics threat. Once he had been used, the military is faced with two problems:

a. You pissed off your best weapon, which might turn on you and destroy you (the weapon you created knows all your weaknesses, mind you!)
b. The commanders following your weapon of choice will doubt your methods. Civil war would be at hand!

Conclusion:

This book is gripping from the beginning to the end. The main character is a hero that will be remembered for a long time. To keep this review short, I will add that you will most certainly enjoy this masterpiece in any mode you wish to consume it.



Sussanah Scott, AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT.



Blurb:

Luciana de Luca has a PhD in sass and gemology—and a problem. Her twin brother’s gambling debts have gotten out of hand, and a mob enforcer is blackmailing her to rob the latest, greatest mega-casino on the Strip. Although Lucy has worked her whole life to get away from her family’s grifter past, to save her brother, she dons three-inch heels and a sluts-r-us dress and struts into Alec’s Gerald’s casino, determined to put her long-forgotten thieving ways to the test again.

Alec Gerald, a shape-shifting dragon, has built the Crown Jewel casino to provide sanctuary for his people amongst the flash and awe of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the sexy little thief trying to steal his largest diamond exhibit turns out to be his mate, and he must woo her before he loses his dragon form forever. But before he can handcuff her to his bed and explain the details of a mating ceremony, an enemy attacks and threatens to destroy his casino, his people, and his newfound mate.

About the author:

SUSANNAH SCOTT lives in the Missouri Ozarks and is the lone female in a very loud household of males ranging in age from 4 to 40. Susannah loves to hear from her readers. Please visit her website atwww.susannahscottbooks.com or follow her on Goodreads, FacebookTwitter.

London Grammar - Hey Now (Arty Remix)

One word for this song: Bold.

This is what I listen to whilst writing. One of the many songs I appreciate as I hand-craft worlds. Enjoy!


Best writing-tools for a writer.

I've been pondering over this post for a while. As a writer, I'm always seeking the best--more efficient and comfortable--means to solidify my thoughts. The fusion of thoughts into a novel takes much more than just a proper organization of words, plot, characters, moral/philosophical background; you also need to feel comfortable for hours on end.

Some may disagree with what I'm about to say: I feel Mac computers offer writers a better platform to express, organize, and execute thoughts into a sculpture of words. I used to write with a PC. After changing to Mac OS, it was opening the gateway towards enhanced productivity.

Enough said about that. I am not writing this post to promote or demote any brand. I'm just sharing my preference here.

When it comes to writing, there are two major APPs I use. One is Pages. The other one is Evernote.

I love to use Pages. The synchronization between my iPad and Mac is instantaneous. When on the run, I close my Mac, grab my iPad, and keep on writing where I left off, be it on the bus or in Starbucks (you would need 4G or an internet connection to synch your work). The ability to input comments between the developing skeleton of a novel, story, etc., is also simple and organized with Pages.

Evernote is the new OneNote. Microsoft is a complicated OS system. But when it comes to Office APPs, Microsoft is still unrivaled. Take Excel for example. It is far superior to the one offered by Apple. Fortunately, as a writer I seldom use excel. Microsoft Word is also quite versatile. OneNote is probably the best APP (still, sadly) for organizing thoughts into segments, imitating how my brain structure works. Sadly, it is unavailable for Mac.

Recently an APP in the APP Store called Outline has arisen to challenge OneNote. It is compatible with OneNote in many ways, yet it is not there yet. You cannot edit your OneNote imported files. This is a drag.

Outline is out of the question for me. It's a hassle when it comes to syncing with your DropBox. Evernote, however, is much simpler to use than Outline or OneNote. It synchs instantly, and you can generate notebooks, notes, resembling my thought process while elongating the strand of a story. You can have it on all of your devices, which enables you to work from your iAnything, and never miss a beat. No expenses here, Evernote is free.

The bottom line is:

APPs for writers I recommend:
1. Pages
2. Evernote

Do you have any recommendations? I'm open to suggestions. Thanks for stopping by!

Indie Author Success

I love to hear about the success of Indie-Authors. Not only on the literature spectrum, but also when it comes to music, movies, and other modes of human expression. 

Since my branch of art is literature, I will focus this post on indie-authors.




Many colleagues are paving the roads of success in this brilliant, full-of-opporunity world. Authors like Hugh Howey have done a tremendous job of becoming a NY Times best-seller, signing a deal to make a movie, and having an outrageous number of reviews on his book Wool (over 7,500 reviews on Amazon!). Other indie-authors such as AG Riddle with his book Atlantis - Gene, is making a stellar role in paving the road to indie-author success.

In the Spanish speaking world indie-authors are also shining from successful stories. Take for example Blanca Miosi. Born in Peru, now living in Venezuela, she self-published her works in Spanish through Amazon and has ever since her debut been at the top of the Spanish best-selling titles.

Her most popular work: Waldek, the boy who defied the Nazis, has recently been translated from the original title in Spanish. The original piece has accumulated over 350 reviews in Amazon. No other book in Spanish has yet achieve as much reviews. This is stellar. Indie-authors are making it out there.

Us? Well, as an indie-author I have no other choice but to continue working on my novels. I am, however, fond of having excellent examples that have succeeded in becoming best-selling authors. Other authors not mentioned here have also achieved much as independent authors. If you know of any, please leave their name in the comments section below. I would love to meet them, read their work, and follow the lead.

Cheers!
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